Daily View 2×2: 5 October 2009

2 Big Stories

Tory conference opens, and it’s time to party like it’s 1994

A few thousand Tories are converging on Manchester today, with two issues dominating discussion: Europe and welfare cuts. Ah, and there we were thinking The Major Years were but a distant memory.

On a more positive note, the Tories will be singing today from the localism song-book, with Caroline Spelman championing the party’s conversion to local control of local services – an interesting about-turn for an MP who opposed Scottish and Welsh devolution, and believes central government should impose council tax freezes from Whitehall.

Ministerial pension pots up 30% in just one year

As the Telegraph reported at the weekend:

Lib Dem treasury spokesman, Lord (Matthew) Oakeshott was scathing:

Ministers’ pension pots shot up by 30% last year while private pensions plummeted. The yawning chasm between public and private pensions is unhealthy for our economy and democracy.

“Harriet Harman, for example, will be able to retire next year at 60 with a total pension pot worth almost £1.5m. But the women’s state pension age goes up next year to 61 and to 65 by 2020. How equal is that?

“The Government must act urgently after this week’s wake-up call from the IMF. Public Sector fat cats must come off their double cream pensions and onto an affordable pensions diet, like the millions of taxpayers on modest and middle incomes who have to pay the bill. How is it fair for civil servants to go and retire at 60 for the next 35 years when most people must work to 65 or 70?

“The Tories must come clean this week on what they would do about rocketing public sector pension costs, otherwise there is a hole in the heart of their economic policy.”

Official figures unearthed by the Liberal Democrats show that total pension funds for the members of the Government have shot up from the £6,888,081 declared last year to £8,954,348 this year.

2 Must-Read Blog-Posts

Land and Libertarians (Jock Coats)

I am a libertarian. I am a “land taxer”. Some people seem to believe one cannot be both.

Jock explains why some people are wrong.

Debating the future of Britain (Peter Black AM)

By all means stage separate debates amongst the party leaders in Wales and Scotland but in this particular instance we should be clear, this is a United Kingdom election and as such debates between Prime Ministerial candidates should feature UK-wide parties alone.

Read more by or more about , , , , , or .
This entry was posted in Daily View.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • Peter Davies
    Though none of the articles actually confirms the headlines, they do suggest that these rags are still trying to defend Brexit and with increasing desperation....
  • Martin Pierce
    Tom’s contributions make subscribing to LDV worth it all by themselves. Always clear-sighted and on this one I agree with the ‘even by your high standards�...
  • Yeovil Yokel
    Jeff - if you want your views to be treated with respect, then you need to cite more credible sources than the Telegraph, Mail, and Express....
  • Jenny Barnes
    Israel is only a democracy if you ignore Palestinians....
  • Chris Moore
    Reagarding imports and exports, it's fantastic you didn't bother reading your own article. Which would have told you that UK exports/imports are DOWN between...